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Chase Elliott is salvaging Hendrick's NASCAR season

Chase Elliott is salvaging Hendrick's NASCAR season

It has been a bouncy ride for the Hendrick Motorsports gang this NASCAR season.

Concussion-related issues have sidelined Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the rest of the year. Inconsistency again squeezed Kasey Kahne out of the Chase. Uncharacteristic miscues have marked an erratic run for six-time Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

And then there's the kid. Chase Elliott.

He's a rookie in this high-speed circus, replacing a guy you may have heard of: Jeff Gordon. Team owner Rick Hendrick and Gordon thought so much of him that they handed down Gordon's No. 24, along with the Chevy ride of course. Chase is also the son of another NASCAR icon, Bill...